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The Town Too Tough To Die

I currently reside in Tombstone, Arizona and call this town my home. Tombstone is a special little town. There is an amazing amount of history that has been recorded here. When this town was originated, some of the people here were outlaws and others were just trying to make an honest living in a new place. The town currently has about the same make up. However, one thing is for sure, everyone here loves this town. From the tourists who can’t wait to return, to the residents trying to promote and preserve its history.

We are a small community only having about twelve hundred residents year round. In the winter, that amount almost doubles because of our wonderful winter weather. We have an elevation of 4500 feet, this allows for a small amount of snow in the winter months, but is high enough to keep us a little cooler in the summer. When winter begins approaching, the “snow birds, people of all ages trying to escape the cold, fill up our camp grounds and rental properties. Some of them even own homes they only reside in for the winter.

When someone comes here, they may notice that almost everyone on the streets is carrying a gun. However, it is not because of the crime. Many residents dress in full 1800s clothing every day. Tourists can even rent a costume for the day. We hold many events honoring groups of people from the past. The biggest event is Helldorado days. People come from everywhere to re-enact gunfights, compete for best 1800s dress, dance, socialize, and learn more history.

We are a close community where everyone knows each other. However, when a visitor comes, they are welcomed as part of our “family.”  We don’t have to lock our doors or keep our children inside because of crime. Nevertheless, there is a town marshal and several deputies around just in case things get out of hand. With our historical taverns, some times people do “enjoy” themselves a little too much, and may need a ride back to their room.

Our economy is based mostly on tourism. The residents work together to preserve and promote our history to keep our National Historic Status. We even have a committee that makes sure we are following all of the historic guidelines in our historic district. On the main street, Allen, we have replaced the pavement with dirt. You feel like you are back in the 1800s with the stagecoaches driving by and the cowboys on the corner giving directions. If you get a little thirsty, you may want to stop into the Crystal Palace or Big Nose Kate’s for a Sarsparilla. Not all of the tourists come for the 1800s history. Some come for our other attraction. Our town is haunted. We have been featured in many documentaries because of our ghosts. We have some that walk the streets during the night and some that reside in various historic homes and bordellos. There is a group, friends of the dead, which tourists can contact to go on nighttime ghost walks. These tours give history and go to places where the apparitions have been sighted before. You may even see them for yourself.

Tombstone has been named the “Town Too Tough To Die” because it has burned down, has been shot up by outlaws and had many other challenges, but continues to survive. Any community that can stick together through anything is a community I want to be a part of. The residents here have a dedication to this town and to each other. My community provides safety and security to all who come here, and that’s why I am proud to call Tombstone, Arizona my home.

The Town Too Tough To Die

I currently reside in Tombstone, Arizona and call this town my home. Tombstone is a special little town. There is an amazing amount of history that has been recorded here. When this town was originated, some of the people here were outlaws and others were just trying to make an honest living in a new place. The town currently has about the same make up. However, one thing is for sure, everyone here loves this town. From the tourists who can’t wait to return, to the residents trying to promote and preserve its history.

We are a small community only having about twelve hundred residents year round. In the winter, that amount almost doubles because of our wonderful winter weather. We have an elevation of 4500 feet, this allows for a small amount of snow in the winter months, but is high enough to keep us a little cooler in the summer. When winter begins approaching, the “snow birds, people of all ages trying to escape the cold, fill up our camp grounds and rental properties. Some of them even own homes they only reside in for the winter.

When someone comes here, they may notice that almost everyone on the streets is carrying a gun. However, it is not because of the crime. Many residents dress in full 1800s clothing every day. Tourists can even rent a costume for the day. We hold many events honoring groups of people from the past. The biggest event is Helldorado days. People come from everywhere to re-enact gunfights, compete for best 1800s dress, dance, socialize, and learn more history.

We are a close community where everyone knows each other. However, when a visitor comes, they are welcomed as part of our “family.”  We don’t have to lock our doors or keep our children inside because of crime. Nevertheless, there is a town marshal and several deputies around just in case things get out of hand. With our historical taverns, some times people do “enjoy” themselves a little too much, and may need a ride back to their room.

Our economy is based mostly on tourism. The residents work together to preserve and promote our history to keep our National Historic Status. We even have a committee that makes sure we are following all of the historic guidelines in our historic district. On the main street, Allen, we have replaced the pavement with dirt. You feel like you are back in the 1800s with the stagecoaches driving by and the cowboys on the corner giving directions. If you get a little thirsty, you may want to stop into the Crystal Palace or Big Nose Kate’s for a Sarsparilla. Not all of the tourists come for the 1800s history. Some come for our other attraction. Our town is haunted. We have been featured in many documentaries because of our ghosts. We have some that walk the streets during the night and some that reside in various historic homes and bordellos. There is a group, friends of the dead, which tourists can contact to go on nighttime ghost walks. These tours give history and go to places where the apparitions have been sighted before. You may even see them for yourself.

Tombstone has been named the “Town Too Tough To Die” because it has burned down, has been shot up by outlaws and had many other challenges, but continues to survive. Any community that can stick together through anything is a community I want to be a part of. The residents here have a dedication to this town and to each other. My community provides safety and security to all who come here, and that’s why I am proud to call Tombstone, Arizona my home.